24 months
25548 USD/year
25548 USD/year
12220 USD/year
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The Department of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin Madison offers graduate study leading to the doctor of philosophy in political science. Once admitted to the Ph.D. program, it is possible to obtain a master's degree through work en route to the Ph.D.


The Political Science program at the University of Wisconsin Madison has a national and international reputation for the high quality of its faculty and for the diversity of their approaches and interests. It has long been known for its acceptance of a broad range of approaches to the study of politics and for its collegiality. 

The subfields of political science found in the department are American politics, comparative politics, political theory and philosophy, international relations, and political methodology. Political science shares faculty with the Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs, the Law School, and the Department of Gender and Women's Studies. 

Learning Outcomes

  • Develop an appreciation of the diverse subfields of political science.
  • Learn to articulate questions of importance to the field that can be answered using the methods of political science.
  • Learn to select and utilize methods of political inquiry appropriate to particular research questions.
  • Learn to constructively critique existing work in political science.
  • Develop an understanding of political science from an historical context.
  • Recognize and apply principles of ethical and professional conduct in research, teaching, and service.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • American Politics and Government
  • Politics Around the World
  • International Relations
  • Political Theory
  • Research Methods in Political Science
  • Political Science as a Discipline and Profession
  • Empirical Methods of Political Inquiry

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®
GMAT admission requirements GMAT

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Graduate School application and Political Science supplemental application
  • Three references who can attest to your success as a graduate student
  • Also include a statement of reasons for graduate study that is two pages in length, a resume or C.V., scanned official transcripts, and one research paper with an abstract.
  • GRE scores are required.
  • Applicants from outside the United States may also need to submit TOEFL scores.

Tuition Fee

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    25548 USD/year
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  • National

    25548 USD/year
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  • In-State

    12220 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 12220 USD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Madison

1015 - 1752 USD /month
Living costs

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